Lamphun is and old province, one of the eldest, in fact. Many arts and handicraft have been developed. People in the past had more intellect than you know. They created many amazing things. Nowadays, it’s a good thing that some of new-age people still preserve these valuable works, not letting it gone with the wind, although the world is baked with many new amazing technologies.
If you want to see some of these valuable works, a province like Lamphun won’t disappoint you. You can still track down many paths of these works from many tourist attractions.
Take ‘Haripunchai Hand-Weaved Fabric Institue’ as an example. This is a good place where you can see a result of old-age people’s intellect.
Haripunchai Hand-Weaved Fabric Institute, decorated in Thai contemporary style, is under the care of Lamphun Provincial Organisation. It was built to be a way or preserving hand-weaved fabric, which is a valuable handicraft in Lamphun.
These fabrics are made of many materials. Most of them are silk and cotton. There are many beautiful patterns of them too. Each one has its own style. You will be surprise to see how people can create something like that without using any heavy industrial machine.
Beside of showing how beautiful these fabrics are, the institute also support people who want to learn about this seriously. That means, if you want to know more about hand-weaved fabric, you can contact to institute to see if you can join a workshop. The institute means to create good and strong careers for many people. It should keep Thai art and intellect alive forever and ever.
How to get there
Haripunchai Hand-Weaved Fabric Institute is in the downtown of Lamphun. You can just hire a tricycle or any public vehicle you see to give you a ride or you can contact tour agency in Chiang Mai to arrange the private tour for you.
Opening hours and Entrance fee : Opens daily from 9 am until 5 pm. Admission fee : free
Note : Not accessible for wheelchair user
Haripunchai Hand-Weaved Fabric Institute Map